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Anne-Marie Kelly

Anne-Marie Kelly

Anne-Marie originally studied Graphic Design, specialising in Illustration on the Post-Graduate Advanced course at St. Martins School of Art, London. She worked for several years as a freelance Illustrator, mainly in editorial and publishing in the UK, as well as in Cyprus, where she lived for eight years.

She has always taught, mostly in Further Education in London, Cyprus, Dorset and now gives private tuition in France.

In 1997, she moved to Dorset and began to visit France regularly. On early retirement from F E, Anne-Marie decided to make a permanent home near Mont St Michel in Normandy, returning to Dorset every year for several weeks to paint.

Commissions include: Illustrations for various magazines such as: The Observer, Best magazine, Collins Books, Hodder Wayland, KEO wines and various companies in the Middle East.

Private collection: In the UK, Europe, Australia, America and the Middle East.

Her work: Anne-Marie is inspired by the similarities of the landscape and coastline of both countries, the rugged coastline, forests and ancient terrain are a constant source of inspiration. Preferring to sketch on location which, helps to embed visual memories, she likes to paint from memory and feeling. She adores the dramatic and powerful shifts in seasons, colours and textures, painting on panel or canvas with layers of acrylic glazes, incorporating: sand, plaster and raw pigments.

Exhibitions include:

  • Atelier D`Orson                                      Normandy, France
  • Alpha House Gallery                              Sydney, Australia
  • Jackson`s Gallery                                  Portland, Dorset
  • Mulberry Tree Gallery                            Swanage
  • Southern Contemporaries                     Guildhall, Winchester
  • Wessex Fine Arts & Ceramics               Wareham
  • Wellbeloved Gallery                               Portland
  • Makers Gallery                                      Taunton
  • Morphi Gallery                                       Cyprus